This week we’ve announced the GeoStudio 2014 Preview. What in the world is that?
It’s the first time we’ve tried to release a “preview”, so this is new to us as well. I’ll try to describe how we hope you use the preview.
A Glimpse of Things to Come
We’re thinking of a “preview” as “more than a beta, less than a release”. It’s not a finished product yet–in fact there are some gaping holes we’ll be closing in future releases (for example, you can’t do TEMP/W-SEEP/W convective analyses)–but we’re very happy with the features that are complete. A preview shows you the direction we’re heading, gives you an idea of what’s to come.
This particular preview, focused on TEMP/W, is able to elegantly solve some problems that the regular TEMP/W cannot–in particular with the new Land-Climate Interaction boundary condition and the revised Thermosyphon and Convective Surface boundary conditions. It also includes a great new 1D analysis. If your geothermal projects involve that type of thermal flux or are actually 1D analyses, you should definitely give the Preview a whirl.
How to Run the Preview
When you install the latest release, “GeoStudio 2012, June 2013 Release“, the 2014 Preview is installed along with it. You’ll find a shortcut under your Start menu alongside the regular GeoStudio 2012 shortcut:
When you run the preview, you’ll see it looks very similar to GeoStudio 2012, but to help you recognize which version you’re running we’ve put the word “Preview” in the title bar, and made the menu and status bar blue.
This pdf gives an overview of the new features in the preview. I’ll post about a few specific features over the coming weeks. But here’s a list to get you going:
- 1D analyses
- A new Land-Climate Interaction boundary condition
- More rigorous implementations of Thermosyphon and Convective Surface boundary conditions
- Work with functions in different units
- Completely new solver, with better support for multi-core CPUs
A preview is also an opportunity for you to tell us what needs to change. We’d love to hear what you like or dislike about the new features. You can comment on this blog, or email support [at] geo-slope [dot] com. We’re actively working on these features, so your ideas will be discussed right away and will influence the next release.